Yesterday was one of the busiest days on the camp’s luach [calendar] so far in our young season. A day like yesterday reminds me how complex our camp’s society is. Yes, we are a community of 550+ campers divided into eight smaller communities of edot [divisions] of 35 to 95 campers. Essentially, the edot are the core of the larger community in which we live.
Sports Clinic began. With special thanks to a Ramah community member who has underwritten the program, we are able to bring in specialists in softball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and more. Our younger campers participate in two additional sports’ periods for three days. Specialists,Alumni and others lead the instruction with our capable sports staff members supporting them. It is one of those WOW experiences for our campers.
Machon [our entering 10th graders] all 61 of them departed on their four day Boston – New England trip. From Boston Duck Tours to Boston Commons and from Fenway Park to the Touro Synagogue this trip is one of their two big trips of the summer. Many Bogrim [entering 9th grade] campers began the Sababa program (culinary arts or chesed program) or an Etgar Ramah [Ramah Outdoor Adventure Challenge].
At night we participated in a mock re-enactment of announcing the new moon for Rosh Hodesh [the new month] prepared by our program coordinator Andrew Belinfante and Dr. Jason Rogoff, our scholar in residence.
Camp is indeed warm – we are drinking lots of water and taking advantage of refreshing swims in beautiful Lake Ellis.
Rabbi Paul Resnick